Grants Developer

University of Colorado | CU Denver

Research Administration

Grants Developer

Position #00790945 – Requisition #TBD

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Exemptions vary by campus location/department.

Campus/Unit-Specific Exemptions:

  • Anschutz Campus – Exemptions are allowed for medical or religious reasons.
  • Denver Campus - Exemptions are allowed for medical, religious, or personal reasons.
  • Consolidated/Central Services Administration – Will follow Anschutz policy on exemptions.

The University of Colorado Denver seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

The department of Research Administration has an opening to fill two full time University Staff (unclassified)Grants Developer positions.


As Colorado’s public urban research university, the University of Colorado Denver educates a diverse student body through quality academics, ambitious research, creative work, and civic engagement in the city we call home. CU Denver graduates gain the powerful combination of immersive classroom and real-world experience that are in demand today. The city benefits from well-educated, top talent and a new generation of knowledge that fuels the future of Denver and our region. We are CU in the City.


CU Denver offers more than 100 degree programs, from the bachelor’s to the doctoral level, and enrolls more than 15,000 students who pursue academic programs ranging from global energy management to music industry studies to criminal justice. Located in the heart of downtown Denver as part of the state’s largest public university system, CU Denver is a major contributor to the Colorado economy, with nearly 2,500 employees and annual economic impact of $800 million. 

In alignment with the research mission of the University of Colorado Denver, the Grants Developer will be primarily responsible for developing and assisting in writing grant proposals to foundations, governmental agencies, and other grant-awarding organizations. Duties will include assisting principal investigators (PIs) in writing and submitting proposals, identifying grant opportunities aligned with the University’s research focus areas, preparing budgets, serving as the primary interface with the Office of Grants and Contracts, interpreting program guidelines, and communicating with sponsors. Duties for all grant programs include: receiving and evaluating scopes of work; negotiating terms and format; assuring compliance with applicable federal, state, fiscal, and programmatic requirements; drafting program-specific contract and/or grant documents and exhibits, memoranda of understanding, inter-agency agreements, and assignments; negotiating proposed language changes; and ensuring timely execution of all contractual documents.  

Examples of Work Performed:

  • Seek out and communicate research funding opportunities to CU Denver investigators.
  • Work with PIs to develop budgets, assuring that all potential costs have been identified and justified, including salaries, fringe benefits, indirect costs, cost-share, etc.
  • Work collaboratively with PIs in writing and editing of proposal aims and research strategy.
  • Prepare and submit all necessary sponsor forms as required by regulations, university policy, and sponsors.
  • Serve as the primary liaison between the PIs and the Office of Grants and Contracts.
  • Prepare application for sponsoring agency, including the budget and technical portions of the application and all appropriate assurances for UCD approval and submission to sponsoring agency.
  • Prepare institutional forms and coordinate process for internal approval ("routing") of application. Include all sponsor specific application guidelines to facilitate the review process.
  • Communicate with OGC if there is a question regarding the appropriate F&A cost rate, e.g., on- or off-campus rate.
  • Coordinate with the PI(s) to obtain all appropriate approvals, e.g., all signatures required on the Approval of Application for Grant or Contract (Routing Form). Include in routing materials any additional forms and any special approvals for human subjects, lab animals, hazardous materials, biosafety agents, or cost share (refer to Fiscal Policy 4-05. Application/Proposal Approval Process on Sponsored Projects). At the time of submission, the proposal should be complete administratively and scientifically for the final review and signature.
  • Communicate with OGC regarding deadlines which impact submission of materials requested by sponsoring agency.
  • Review and interpret sponsor's submission requirements with faculty to ensure compliance with appropriate Federal, State, Board of Regents, OGC and university policies and regulations.
  • Advise faculty on Pre-Award submission process and electronic applications including PDF conversions, bio sketches, enrollment tables, human subjects, and resource information.
  • Understand the unique processes involved in the overall research effort and possess the ability to comprehend the needs of individual PIs and researchers.
  • Review and edit sections of grant proposals as necessary, e.g., the budget justification and resources page.
  • Create budgets; write budget justifications and supporting documentation for grant applications; and route proposals and contract agreements through OGC.
  • On behalf of faculty researchers, serve as liaison to outside funding agencies.
  • Draft subcontract agreements, review and edit language in accordance to OGC guidelines; and negotiate budgets with subcontractors on occasion.
  • Ensure all proposed sub-awards, subcontracts and other forms of sub-agreements for assigned applications are properly documented through authorized parties.
  • Provide guidance in the negotiation of grants, sub-awards and contracts; administer subsequent awards, amendments and so on when necessary.
  • Work collaboratively with the research staff, the PIs, and the DFA to ensure an accurate, current, record keeping of all extramural research activities of faculty.
  • Collaborate with OGC Accounting, subcontractors, and external agencies, regarding payment of invoices, requesting no-cost extensions, establishing subcontracts, and assisting with progress reports. 
  • Work with research staff to transfer grants and subcontracts from external entities for new faculty recruits.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Contact Information

University of Colorado Denver





Background Information

4-Year Degree

2-3 years of profess

  • College/University
  • Non-Profit
  • Government
  • Government
  • Grants and Contracts
  • Research Administrator/Manager
  • Sponsored Projects/Programs

Authorized to work in the US


Target Job Information

$65,590 to

  • Full Time